In the early hours of the morning on Sunday 6th May 2013, Julian and some of his friends who were enjoying a night-out at Elements Nightclub on Mill Street in Bedford were asked to leave. Initially they walked away but then Julian, seemingly intent on requesting a refund, returned alone to the club.
On returning to the venue, Julian was seized by security who immediately passed him over to several police officers present outside the club. Much of what took place is caught on CCTV but the crucial moments of what happened when the police officers took hold of Julian is not captured on CCTV.
Witnesses saw Julian dragged unconscious across the road by officers in the direction of a police van.
By this stage his neck had been broken; he had suffered a serious spinal injury and was unresponsive.
Julian was lifted into the police van and driven to Greyfriar’s Police Station. He remained unresponsive and an ambulance was called. Julian suffered a severe brain injury due to a lack of oxygen reaching his brain and had a cardiac arrest.
Initially Julian was transferred to Bedford Hospital but he was then transferred to a hospital in Cambridge specialising in head injuries.
Julian had suffered a spinal injury called a ‘hangman’s fracture’. This kind of injury, as the name suggests, is associated with the sudden and violent pulling backwards of the head, usually when there is a counter force against the body.
Julian is now paralysed and has brain damage. He is resident in a care home because he needs 24 hour nursing care.
About The Cole Family Truth Campaign
Julian’s family have now decided to speak out about what has happened to Julian, and their attempts to get to the truth, because they feel the IPCC investigation stalled and ground to a halt about a year ago. The IPCC investigation is approaching its second anniversary and Julian’s family who visit Julian every day and live with the heartbreak of seeing their athletic 21 year old lying impassive, need answers:
- To find out what happened to Julian on 6th May 2013 after he was seized by officers of the Bedfordshire Police Constabulary.
- To find out who in particular was responsible for using the force on Julian that caused him to suffer a broken neck.
- To see the individual responsible for breaking Julian’s neck held to account in the criminal court.
- To see the officers who failed to take basic first aid measures to immobilise Julian’s neck at the scene, or call for an ambulance held to account in the criminal court.
- To see the officers who dragged Julian and bundled him unconscious/paralysed handcuffed with his neck unsupported into the back of a police van held to account in the criminal courts.
- To see the officer who diverted an ambulance at the scene away rather than calling on the paramedics inside for assistance to be held to account in the criminal court.
- To see the officers who attempted to cover up what had happened by falsely alleging that Julian was ‘chatty’ in the police van, and that he had consumed a lot of alcohol, held to account in the criminal court.
Contact the Cole Family Truth Campaign: firstname.lastname@example.org